August 16, 2014

It's "Strongly Associated”

1 Surprising Suicide Factor: Altitude

The death of Robin Williams has refocused attention on links between suicide and such factors as mental illness, mood disorders and addiction, but also on an unexpected element: altitude. An analysis of data from 1,584 U.S. counties over 20 years conducted by hospitals including Massachusetts General and Cleveland's Case Medical Center concluded that "altitude is strongly associated with suicide rates in the United States" even after controlling for such factors as demographic differences, reduced income, physical isolation and access to firearms. Statistically, for example, the 50 counties with the highest suicide rates are at an altitude that is eight times greater on average than the 50 with the lowest rates. Possible explanations involve oxygen levels and barometric pressure.

More at Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Baby Boomers Are Driving Up Suicide Rates

Tags: Suicide in the US, Factors Contribiuting to Suicide, Suicide and Geography, Suicide and Altitude

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